During our recent run of shows in Norfolk with Creative Arts East, we have be fortunate to preform in front of some luminaries of the gardening world, including international rose expert Lieutenant Colonel Ken Grapes, who helped our friend Dr DG Hessayon write The Rose Expert, which could have been the title of Keith’s autobiography but isn’t. We were also delighted to meet leading cereal disease expert Professor James Brown, who introduced himself to us as the “Godfather of cereal diseases”. Actually, he said something in Latin but I can’t remember what – anyway, it meant cereal disease (I think). His publications include “Quantitative trait loci for partial resistance to Pseudomonas syringae pv. maculicola in Arabidopsis thalina”, “Is too much risk assessment risky?” and “Little else but parasites”. In worrying news, it seems there is a shortage of cereal disease experts, which is threatening the health of trees and plants.